HTC EVO 3D release date for Europe confirmed as in July; Priced as £500
HTC has announced it will bring its Evo 3D smartphone that has glasses free 3D technology to the UK next month. The new phone, can record and play 3D stills and movies, but does not require users to wear glasses to view them.
Using a candybar form factor, the Evo 3D comes with 4.3″ qHD 3D S-LCD capacitive touch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1Gb RAM, 4Gb internal storage, 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB, microSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, built-in FM radio, GPS.
As well as support for 3D and HD video playback, the dual 5MP cameras can capture images in 720p at 30fps in low light thanks to a f/2.2 maximum aperture. It will come running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and HTC Sense, the only downside to this mobile phone is that the 3D only works on landscape mode only, meaning that most of the time when the handset is in the more used portrait mode you will only get 3D according to the Independent.
The Independent has put together quick hands-on review of the HTC EVO 3D, which is worth a read. They mention a few good things but they never had time to play around with the phone to test its battery life. This is the main factor here; with new 3D technology squeezed into a small product surely battery life will be on the poor side, if anyone wishes to answer this one for us would be great.
The dual-core device will come with 4GB of storage, as well as an 8GB micro SD card. The EVO 3D will boast full stereo surround sound and will be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
3D doesn’t end with just viewing as the phone has dual 5MP rear cameras with an LED flash so you can take 2D or 3D pictures and video. The Evo 3D also has a 1.3MP front facing camera.
It isn’t the thinnest of phones at 12.5mm and it weighs 170g, which is a bit more than the Sensation’s 148g. We’re not sure how much the Evo 3D will cost when it comes out but to give you some idea the recently launched HTC Sensation costs about £500 and the LG Optimus 3D costs around £450.
Also featured is the latest iteration of HTC’s Sense interface. USers can navigate through customisable 3D menus and the active lockscreen, which becomes a real-time window to personal content, from photos to social network feeds.
The inclusion of 3D technology on mobile phones could allow manufacturers to capitalise on the growth of premium 3D content such as movies and television shows, and HTC already offers a Movies service.